It is perfectly clear exactly what Barnes specified in his will. It was drawn up by the best legal minds. It is clear that what happened with the collection was against his wishes. It is clear that the city fathers acted in obviation of those wishes, and were upheld in the Court of Appeals. What is finally clear: it doesn't matter a damn what your will says if you have $25 billion and politicians and the establishment want it.
Reflections on Touring the Barnes Museum
I was going to babble on about a similar situation the Phillips Gallery in Washington faced when its collection of impressionist and modern art outgrew the confines of the Phillips mansion. But then I reminded myself of my "less is more" mantra. So I'll conclude with this example
of less is more.
I would gladly give up a dozen of the buxom Renoir nudes in the Bradford Museum for this one Renoir in the Phillips Gallery: